Generation Z–as with any generation–is living in a new “narrative.” In today’s world, kids are growing up in a time that is both exhilarating and frightening for them. This is causing changes that can be difficult to understand. In fact, they are so different from older generations that parents and adult leaders can feel both frustrated with them and fearful

Every parent, teacher or coach has interacted with students who appeared completely preoccupied with their own little world. For centuries, adults have repeated instructions to children only to have those kids fail to follow through on what they were asked to do. Students today are truly a part of a “distracted generation.” For those of you who are disheartened by

Tim Elmore interviews Dr. Gary Davison, principal of Lambert High School. Gary is a fantastic leader who understands the importance of building a healthy school culture. In this interview, the two discuss Gary's  journey in the world of education, the challenges he has faced, how he overcame them and the principles he has used to lead the way in building

Tim Elmore interviews Ginger Hardage, the former Senior Vice President of Culture and Communications at Southwest Airlines who has now launched Unstoppable Cultures, a brand designed to help organizations create and sustain cultures of enduring greatness. On this episode, Ginger shares the core values of Southwest Airlines, stories of her culture experience and practical ways to cultivate a healthy culture

Emotional intelligence in students has become a front and center issue for so many educators across America. Any student struggling with anxiety or depression will benefit from what educators now describe as: Social Emotional Learning or S.E.L. This topic is taking the K-12 educational world by storm, as a growing number of administrators recognize that students may be hindered from mastering reading,

Sometimes I get misunderstand as a guy who’s against kids. Since publishing my latest book, Generation iY—Our Last Chance to Save heir Future, some think I whine about how this generation of students are undisciplined and feel entitled. Actually, this couldn’t be further from the truth. I love this generation of students. But they’re in trouble. More than you may think. According

Howard Schultz, the founder and CEO of Starbucks, has a rule for all his potential employees. He will not hire anyone who doesn’t like coffee. It makes sense. Why would you want a team member selling something they don’t’ even buy themselves. To do a good job, you probably need to like the product. I have an idea. Why don’t we

Another critical movie was released over the weekend. It’s a movie I recommend everyone see -- especially if you care about kids and the future of American education. It’s called: “Waiting For Superman.” It's the documentary everyone's talking about. It tells a gripping story about the state of public school systems in America, told through the eyes of five hopeful students.

Recently, Oprah Winfrey hosted a special show, where she invited three guests to talk about the failing school system in our country. It was sparked by the movie that came out this past weekend (October 1st), “Waiting for Superman.” (More on that in another post.) The three guests were unlikely partners: 1. Chris Christie -- Republican Governor of New Jersey 2. Cory Booker

I just returned from an invigorating day with faculty at a university near Dallas. During our time together, we discussed two themes that preoccupy school administrators as much as any: 1. Student Engagement 2. Student Success In our morning session, one instructor shared a note he’d recently received from a student. The young man had decided to drop out of school. Here’s what

Next month Growing Leaders is launching a new mentoring community, in which I will be leading, called Leadership2Go. I am so excited to present my new material: Harry Truman was wrong, Bono was right. Check out our promo for more information, and visit to sign-up for updates. Tim

I just spent the last two days of my life with “The Cohort.” The Cohort is a mentoring community I launched this fall, made up of educational and business leaders from all over the country. Whether they are deans, or football coaches, headmasters or corporate executives—they all have something in common. They care about the next generation. While this is an

I am asking a question more and more these days. I wonder if American’s have overlooked a counter-intuitive idea as we educate our kids. Generally, speaking, we believe that “more” is better. We believe that faster is better. We believe that sooner is better. We want to provide more for our children and we want to do it right away.

This month, I feel like a politician on a campaign trail. I am doing a total of seventeen speaking events, locally and on the road—speaking to students, teachers, executives and administrators about leading the next generation. It is both exhilarating and exhausting. So far, I’ve done five events…and experienced two flight cancellations, three flight delays and several nights where

I just finished doing some staff training with a great group of leaders who serve in a non-profit organization. They work with young adult volunteers between 17 and 25 years old. During our discussion, one of the staff members told me that her roommate is an elementary school teacher who was also going through training as an educator. What she told

I love working with students. I believe in this next generation of kids--the ones born between 1984 and 2002. Whatever you choose to call them, Millennials, Generation Y, the Digital Generation, their sheer size and demographic are destined to transform our culture, as they become adults. Social scientists believe they will be the largest generation in American history, somewhere between

I have to vent a bit. I have worked with high school and university students formally since 1979. Almost from the beginning, I've been asked the question: How do I do what you do? How do I get started? I don't claim to have some corner on the market on success. I am learning everyday. However, my answer to these questions always

I recently heard from a faculty member at Syracuse University. She gave me a classic illustration of what is happening today in so many of our schools. After returning last week’s tests, one student complained that she’d gotten a bad grade. When her prof suggested she might want to study harder next time, the student protested, and immediately called her

I just finished speaking at a conference in Orlando. The event is called: "First Year Experience." It's attended by deans and directors who program for first year students at universities across the country. This was my second year experience at the First Year Experience event. :o) In my session, I suggested something that launched a little discussion. I reminded attendees that